Dell to invest $1bn in cloud computing services

Dell will invest $1bn (£613m) into new cloud-based technologies and datacentres during its current fiscal year.

Dell will invest $1bn (£613m) into new cloud-based technologies and datacentres during its current fiscal year.

The company plans to build 12 new "solution centres" and 10 datacentres across the world to expand its cloud computing offering.

New products will provide datacentre virtualisation, data management and desktop virtualisation services.

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Steve Schuckenbrock, president at Dell Services, says its new products and services will make the cloud accessible and more easily deployable for customers to support mobile workforces and IT outsourcing.

Alan Priestley, Intel's director of marketing, says having open infrastructure and standards will be important to avoid cloud computing vendor lock-in. Dell aims to avoid this through a partnership with Microsoft for open virtualisation architecture.

"Future jointly-engineered solutions based on Dell's hardware and virtualisation management technologies and Microsoft's hypervisor and systems management technologies will simplify virtualisation management, reduce costs and remove barriers to cloud adoption," said Schuckenbrock.

The company's new products include an e-mail and file archiving service as well as Dell Desktop Virtualisation Solutions, aimed at the management of devices for mobile workforces.

Dell vStart offers a virtualisation infrastructure package for running up to 200 virtual machines from a single management system, including servers, hypervisors, network and storage.

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